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Research Areas


Atmospheric Sciences

We study extreme weather, climate change, and their impacts on both ecosystems and modern society.

Testing the water

Environmental Geoscience

We use biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to understand how the Earth System supports such a diversity of life and how human behavior is impacting this system.

Mountain ranges

Geology and Geophysics

We study the processes that shape our planet, from the building of mountains and oil-bearing sedimentary basins, to the flow of warm rocks and cold glaciers, to the triggering of earthquakes.

Spacecraft mission

Planetary Science

We study the evolution of the solar system and how planets evolve over time due to impacts, tectonics, and atmospheric processes, with an eye to the potential for past and future habitability.

Research News

Reconstruction of past climate provides clues about future climate change


Greenhouse gases were the main driver of climate throughout the warmest period of the past 66 million years, providing insight into the drivers behind long-term climate change.

EAPS Graduate Student Studying Evolution of Impact Basins and the Moon’s Thermal History


Alex Trowbridge is no stranger to the fascinating field of geology. Growing up surrounded by the mountainous terrain of Colorado, Trowbridge majored in physics with an emphasis on geology at Colorado College. That started a path that would ultimately lead to applications in planetary science.

Watch the Installation of a New X-band Teaching and Research Radar


Dr. Robin Tanamachi recorded a time-lapse video of the installation of the new X-band teaching and research radar.

Mineralogy on Mars points to a cold and icy ancient climate


The climate throughout Mars’ early history has long been debated – was the Red Planet warm and wet, or cold and icy? New EAPS research published in Icarus provides evidence for the latter.

Inside EAPS, Spring 2018


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